More than 20 years after its initial publication, Mystery Train
remains one of the smartest, most provocative books ever written about rock-and-roll. Marcus puts his subjects--which include Robert Johnson, Elvis Presley, The Band, Randy Newman and Sly Stone--into their proper context, which is the culture-at-large. He makes you understand why these musicians matter and what they have contributed to the American imagination. In his introduction, Marcus confesses that he is no longer "capable of mulling over Elvis without thinking about Herman Melville"--to the benefit, I might add, of both parties. --Gala Brand
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About the Author
Greil Marcus was born in San Francisco in 1945. He is the author of Mystery Train
, Invisible Republic
, Lipstick Traces, Double Trouble
and Bob Dylan: Writings 1968-2010
and the editor of Lester Bangs's Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung
. In 1998 he curated the exhibition '1948' at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He writes the Real Life Rock Top 10 column for The Believer
and teaches at the New School in New York.
He was described by John Rockwell in the New York Times
as 'a writer of rare perception and a genuinely innovative thinker'. Greil Marcus lives in California.
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